The kids are more than alright with this treasure trove of family-friendly activities and events.
The kids are in charge at the Southbank Centre once more this February as their two-week children's festival returns. In 2015, expect a wide range of captivating theatre, dance, music, film and comedy plus readings from some of the UK's favourite authors, with free and ticketed events for young people of all ages.
A panel of children from south London schools, the Festival Ideas Cloud, will be asking 'What Would I Do as Prime Minister for the Day?' at their very own Question Time, and have created a free magazine on the topic which will be available at festival events. The Young Orchestra for London will perform a free family concert conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, there'll be special appearances from the likes of Russell Brand, Judith Kerr, Anthony Horowitz and Helen Skelton and another chance to stay the night in the Royal Festival Hall at The Big Sleepover (Feb 20).
Craft workshops and live drawing sessions will take place throughout the festival, but the real chance to get involved is during the Kids Takeover (half-term week – Feb 16-20) which will see children helping with site operations such as intercom announcements, selling programmes and assisting light technicians. Animal Parade Day (Feb 16) and Down the Rabbit Hole Day (Feb 20) are your chances to dig out your very fanciest fancy dress, budding buccaneers can attend Pirate School and visitors of every age can tear up the dancefloor at the free Big Fish Little Fish Family rave.
Check the Imagine Festival webpage for details of dates, prices and times.